Zia women’s soccer program adds seven players

CNJ Staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has signed seven women’s soccer players to national letters of intent for the 2009 season. according to a release from the school.

The signees include freshmen forwards Brittany Bustos of Albuquerque (St. Pius) and Brook Serrano of Los Lunas, midfielders Desiree Dominguez of Alamogordo and Abigail Tarin of Albuquerque (St. Pius), and defenders Alyssa Pleiner of Ennis, Texas; Samantha Smith of Rowlett, Texas, and Ashley VerBerkmoes of Castle Rock, Colo. All are incoming freshmen except for Pleiner, a transfer from Navarro College in Texas who will be a junior.

“This is a talented group (which has) excelled on the soccer field, in the classroom and in their communities,” coach Ray Nause said. “We look forward to the ability, competitive spirit and desire they will bring to our program.”

Bustos was a five-year letterwinner at St. Pius and was twice all-district, tallying 37 goals, including 14 as a senior. Serrano was among the top Class 5A scorers in the state as a senior with 13 goals and nine assists.

Dominguez lettered for five years at Alamo, garnering all-district honors three times and helping the Lady Tigers to Class 5A state tournament appearances in each of her five seasons. Tarin earned honorable mention Class 4A all-state and second-team all-district as a senior.

Pleiner helped Navarro post an 18-1-1 record in 2008 after earning MVP honors for the team as a freshman. Pleiner was a part of two district champions in high school, while VerBerkmoes was her team’s captain for two years Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.

ENMU went 9-10 last fall, including 3-7 in the Lone Star Conference.